Thursday, August 20, 2009

Priest Accused of abusing Homeless Boys in Brazil

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Published: August 20, 2009

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - An Italian priest who ran a shelter for homeless children in Brazil has been charged with sexually abusing boys for years and allowing visiting foreigners to exploit the children.

Father Clodoveo Piazza, now working as a missionary in Mozambique, was charged along with another former director of Fraternal Help Organization, a private group based in Salvador, Brazil.

Chief state prosecutor Lidivaldo Britto says a judge will decide whether to request Piazza’s extradition or seek an Interpol arrest warrant. Britto says Piazza is working with children in Mozambique, and he’s “afraid that kids there are in a similar dangerous situation.“

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